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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

August 2007

What Does it Take to Stop a War?

Posted August 1, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

Wars make news all the time, but how do you create a peace? How do you know when a war--one that looks virtually inevitable--is actually avoided? That's the subject of Clevelander Harvey Pekar's new book, Macedonia. You're invited to join us for a conversation with Pekar, the graphic author of American Splendor fame, and his co-author Heather Roberson. Roberson is an expert in peace studies and war prevention. We'll talk about war and how it can be stopped before it starts, their unique collaboration, and whatever else is on your mind. Also, as you may have heard, StoryCorps is coming to town. We'll hear what it's all about from StoryCorps founder David Isay. Be sure to join us Wednesday morning at nine.

Bridge Safety and Reporters’ Roundtable: A veto denied, a pending lawsuit, and uses of campaign cash

Posted August 2, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Children's Health, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Before the roundtable, we chat with a local expert in monitoring bridge safety. Art Huckelbridge has some perspective on the Minnesota tragedy--he trains the Ohio Department of Transportation and his students at Case Western Reserve University in how to track the health of aging bridges. As far as the roundtable goes: The Ohio Supreme Court just handed down a decision against Governor Ted Strickland. You may remember his veto of a bill former Governor Bob Taft had failed to sign. Well, according to five justices, Governor Strickland wasn't minding the constitution. Also in the news this week, the city of Euclid prepares for a Federal lawsuit, the BWC gets a new board, the democratic party chair uses campaign money to pay his his wife. You're invited to join us for the reporters' roundtable, Thursday morning at nine.

Living as a Muslim in a Post-9/11 World

Posted August 3, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion, Terrorism

When Cleveland native Aisha Samad went to jail she expected to have to fight for her innocence, but she didn't expect to have to fight for her faith. A practicing Muslim, Aisha had worn the customary head covering since she was 17, and when Cuyahoga County officials told her she had to remove it to appear in court, she was shocked. But what shocked her more was the outpouring of support she received, not just from Muslims, but from the Jewish community. Friday morning, we'll talk to Aisha and other local Muslims about how the challenges of a post 9-11 world have both tested and renewed their faith. That's at nine on 90.3.

Universal Health Coverage in Ohio? A plan and its prospects for success.

Posted August 6, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health

The notion of universal health coverage has been around for awhile, and in the legislature, it keeps coming up... and usually dying. It's back in the state legislature, and maybe, now, its time has come. You're invited to join us for a look at this latest proposal for a Massachusetts-style insurance mandate, and we'll analyze its chances of political success in the Buckeye State. For a bit of comparison, too, we'll look at single-payer, government-sponsored health insurance proposals. Join us with your questions and your ideas for fixing health care in Ohio. Monday morning at nine.

The Future of Burke Lakefront Airport

Posted August 7, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - News

Ask a roomful of elected officials what they'd like to do with that airport on the lake, and chances are not a one wants to shut it down...but what would you do with Burke airport? Last week, local officials held a public meeting about the future of Burke, and we're having one of our own. It's not just about the future of regional air service--it's about the future of northeastern Ohio's economy, as well. You're invited to join us with your questions and suggestions. Tuesday morning at nine.

Our Friend the Atom

Posted August 8, 2007
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Energy, Technology, Regional Economy/Business - News

While visiting Cleveland this week Senator George Voinovich was touting nuclear energy as a potential solution to some of the region's economic woes. It's not just the cheap endless energy supply that has the Senator stirred up. He is selling the nuclear economy, the potential for more manufacturing jobs. European countries, particularly France, have long embraced nuclear power. Of course, that hasn't been without its problems. Domestically, though, the US hasn't seen a new nuclear plant for decades, which might make you wonder if the times might be changing. Join us Wednesday morning at nine for a conversation about our friend the atom.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Downtown Crimes and Columbus Misdemeanors

Posted August 9, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

In the news this week, a police chase ends in death, and a climate of fear in downtown Cleveland, the wife of a former democratic gubernatorial candidate pleads no contest to misdemeanor theft charges--Frankie Coleman now faces five years probation; and the region's latest greatest economic hope finds some stiff competition--are we ready to face a Medical Mart in New York? We'll talk about those stories and others on the reporters' roundtable, Thursday morning at nine.

Dog Parks and Other Pet Peeves

Posted August 10, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

The rules are clear: All those enjoying the Lakewood park must be licensed, vaccinated and wearing a collar. No one said they couldn't bark. After all, it is a dog park. But a handful of nearby Rocky River residents have unleashed a lawsuit to shut down the park. They claim the pets are too doggone noisy, fight too often and, to put it bluntly, stink. What rights do dogs and their owners have? We'll talk about it Friday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

My Aching Back! How humans started walking upright and why we’re still paying for it

Posted August 13, 2007

Millions of years ago our ancestors began walking on two legs. No one knows why, exactly--did it save energy? Did it leave hands and arms free for other tasks? Whatever the reason, local scientists Scott Simpson and Bruce Latimer suggest we're still paying for it, mostly in the form of slipped discs. Monday at nine, we'll talk with the good doctors about the evolutionary processes that lead to our need for a hot bath after a day of hard work. You're invited to join us with your questions.

Giving Ex-Felons a Second Chance

Posted August 14, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

A bad decision at any point in life can lead to an arrest or even a conviction. Of course, a record that includes any felony or even a misdemeanor conviction can make finding employment or a home fairly difficult. State Senator Shirley Smith wants to change that. Her so-called Second Chance Bill is a legislative long shot, but it seems to be opening up the conversation about what to do about the more than 6,000 northeast Ohioans who get out of prison every year. You're invited to join the conversation Tuesday morning at nine.

Celebrating StoryCorps

Posted August 15, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

This month, dozens of locals are enjoying the opportunity to interview a loved one. The StoryCorps mobile team has helped people all across our communities record interviews about everything from roller skating to segregation. You're invited to join us for a conversation about the oral history project that's putting your stories into the Library of Congress. Wednesday at nine.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Report Cards, Crime Fighting, and a Medical Mart in Your Neighborhood

Posted August 16, 2007
Topics: Education

School report cards are out across the state with mostly good news. But with thirty different standards to meet, the progress reports have left a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what does it take to win at this yearly game? Also, an old plan to fight crime in Cleveland, a new development plan for the university in downtown Akron, and, this just in: There are thirteen possible locations for the Medical Mart. Who knew? You're invited to join us for the reporters' roundtable, Thursday morning at nine.

What Makes a Great School Great?

Posted August 17, 2007
Topics: Education

The report card is in. How did your school district fare? And who should get grounded for poor performance... the superintendent, the principal, the teachers or the children? Everyone wants an excellent school. Ohio sets 30 standards to meet. Those include tests, attendance and graduation rates. Forty local districts earned A's. What does it take to rank excellent and what can other districts learn from the best? You're invited to join the conversation Friday morning at nine on 90.3.

Attorney General Marc Dann

Posted August 20, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion, Housing/Real Estate

Recently, Attorney General Marc Dann has filed lawsuits against lenders preying on homeowners facing foreclosures. It's big news, but it's far from the only case on his docket. Monday morning, we'll spend an hour with the Attorney General. We'll talk about his battles over MySpace, student loans, where his sights are set in the foreclosure crisis, the business brewing at Myers University, and whatever else is on your mind, too. Join us Monday morning at nine.

Payday Lending

Posted August 21, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

OK, a $15 fee for every $100 borrowed might not sound like much at first, but that's what payday lenders are banking on. Do the math and it turns into a 391 percent annual percentage rate. Despite that, payday loans are popular. Lawmakers are debating new limits for the payday lending industry -- later this morning we'll talk about what works, what's fair and what else there is when you're trying to pay your bills. Join us at nine, on 90.3.

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted August 22, 2007
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Community/Human Interest

Military experts say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have a signature injury. It's the one sustained when an improvised explosive device goes off nearby. It's called TBI, or traumatic brain injury. It's the same sort of injury sustained by some assault or accident victims: a blunt weapon or a car crash can have the same effect. More than 50 percent of wounded troops are expected to have sustained some form of TBI. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have discovered new techniques for treating the brain injured. You're invited to join us to hear the latest from them and from doctors who treat veterans. Wednesday morning at nine. View an animation of the DBS procedure (streaming WMV)

Reporters’ Roundtable: Tales of two trials, and other stories

Posted August 23, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

A former financial officer for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese goes to trial, his attorneys point their fingers up the chain of command, all the way the retired Bishop Anthony Pilla. Also, a judge orders the City of Euclid to reorganize its wards and its council to comply with a forty-year old law. Meanwhile, after chairing the Summit County GOP for more than 25 years, Alex Arshinkoff now faces some competition from inside the party. It's not the first obstacle he has faced. Those stories, plus a new plan for the Port Authority, some lost taxes at the airport, and nine million dollars of downtown real estate in Akron--for the low price of $22 million. Join us, Thursday morning at nine.

How to Be a Lawyer and Still Have a Life … The Successes and Struggles of Female Attorneys

Posted August 24, 2007

Women make up half of the world. But you wouldn't know it by looking at Cleveland's largest law firms. Females graduate from law school at the same rate as males, but few women become partners. Law firms are gradually becoming diverse, but many women, and some men, want more than a big paycheck. They want career paths that allow for families, flexible work hours, job sharing and telecommuting. Recruiting, promoting and keeping the best women lawyers, that's Friday at nine on the Sound of Ideas.

What’s Next for Euclid and Voting Rights?

Posted August 27, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

After a federal court decision, it's back to the drawing board for a Cleveland suburb. Last week, Judge Kathleen O'Malley sided with the U.S. Department of Justice in finding that the city's 9-member council system -- four ward seats, four at-large seats, and a council president -- hinders the black vote and is discriminatory. Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik had urged city council to settle with the DOJ. After the decision, he said, "The City of Euclid... has to become much more aware of the diversity in [the] community. We're going need to work very hard to mend some of the hurt and the pain that was felt through this court." Hard work, indeed. You're invited to join us for a look at how Euclid will satisfy the Voting Rights Act, the court and the DOJ. It's Monday morning at nine.

Mayor Jackson on Poverty

Posted August 28, 2007
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Economic growth is lagging, population declining, and poverty doesn't seem to be abating, but if you're the mayor of Cleveland, it's not all bad. Mayor Frank Jackson told us back in January, "These challenges are opportunities, that's all they are. I don't see them as negatives. I see them as the raw material for opportunity." There's plenty more raw material for opportunity coming: The American Community Survey poverty rankings are about to be released. Last year, Cleveland was number one. Not everyone agrees the rankings tell us more than that the poor in our region live in a highly concentrated area, however. Tuesday morning at nine, Mayor Jackson will tell us what he thinks they tell us and what can be done. He'll answer your questions, too, so be sure to join us for the Sound of Ideas.

You and Your Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Posted August 29, 2007
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Technology

The future of medicine may lie in adult stem cells, particularly mesenchymal stem cells. Those are the ones that eventually turn into bones and connective tissue. The problem is tracking them down. Researcher Arnold Caplan of Case Western Reserve University says, "These are rare cells in a new born one in 10,000 marrow cells is a mesenchymal stem cell; in a teenager its 1 in 100,000..." And the odds get worse from there. Still this branch of medicine -- called regenerative medicine -- holds hope for the future. We'll talk about it on the Sound of Ideas. Wednesday morning at nine.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Good cop, bad cop and worse cop, and other tales from across the region

Posted August 30, 2007
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Energy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

An investigation ends with the arrest of a Cleveland police officer and a passle of his associates. They're charged with being part of a drug dealing ring. Also, a new energy plan for Ohio--is this when we'll see some growth in renewable energy? The US Census Bureau's poverty rankings offer some relief for Cleveland. Also, two questions about of Ohio's Republican party: Where are the candidates who want to replace Congresswoman Deborah Pryce? And why is Rob Frost the loneliest politician in Cuyahoga County? We'll talk about those stories and a few others at the reporters' roundtable. You're invited to join in the conversation. Thursday morning at nine.

Take This Job and …. Love It!

Posted August 31, 2007

Can you really enjoy going to work? It's something to think long and hard about on this Labor Day weekend. It goes beyond casual Fridays and decorating work cubicles. What if we changed the work culture? Dump some of the rules. Scratch the titles off business cards. Hire a happiness coach. Tuck some toys in that briefcase. Find out how to play for a living ... Friday at nine on The Sound of Ideas.


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